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  • Editorial: Art and Social Responsibility
    So, why use a conference to discuss the topic of Art and social responsibility? Earlier this year Christy Wampole questioned the role of conferences and their efficacy in addressing the current state of research and academia, in general. This conference takes art as its point of departure for entering the current debates surrounding the future of the term ‘social responsibility’. The papers presented demonstrate the belief that conferences like this one, still remain spaces in which we can dissect and answer questions related to the social commitment of academia.
  • The People’s Choice – Floating Dialogues. How artists create publics through conversation formats
    The People’s Choice (Arroz con Mango) and Floating Dialogues show us how social responsibility is less a concrete outcome, a measurable improvement of a certain social issue, than an improvement in the sense that it realizes Hannah Arendt’s notion of the political public as speaking and acting together.
  • Spaces of Collaboration: An Interview with Ken Vandermark
    Ken Vandermark is one of the few musicians who works seamlessly across musical genres and approaches, managing shifting full out post-punk improvising, to challenging forms of jazz composition that led Mark Corroto to compare him to Duke Ellington. Vandermark plays in his own ensembles (such as the Vandermark 5, DKV Trio, and the Resonance Ensemble), as well as collaborative projects such as Lean Left (with drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and members of the Dutch punk band the Ex) and Peter Brötzmann Tentet.
  • Social responsibility and art in public places, gardens and walking trails.
    Forms of social responsibility, although not a prerequisite to the artwork, can be constructed directly or indirectly through art’s public interactions; by highlighting, hinting or pointing at ideas pertaining to social responsibility, perhaps where none seemed to exist before the artwork’s construction.
  • What good are the arts? Social responsibility and contemporary art
    Brain scientists research if and how the arts make us become better and more complex human beings. They aim to prove scientifically that art plays an important part in us becoming better individuals that are able to build a better society. In his research, Brain Prize winner Tamás Freund, for instance, proves by researching large pace-maker cells of the brain how artistic and creative experience enhances the complexity of our inner world, and therefore enables complex, respectful and inclusive decision-making at other areas of our lives in general.
  • Re-Considering the Responsibility of an Artist in the Postcolonial Buddhist Society of Sri Lanka
    Jagath Weerasinghe is the senior of this artist generation in Sri Lanka, not only with respect to age and reverence, but also considering his role as a catalyst for the development of the new artist generation in the 90s. After studying in the USA he came back to his country in 1992 taking a new perspective on his surroundings. The main motivation for him has been his personal experience as an individual confronted by a complex social, political and economic environment.
  • “Each bubble is a body.” Teresa Margolles
    Violence and the dead human body are major topics in the sociopolitical art of Teresa Margolles. Born in the 60s in Culiacán, Mexico, she unfalteringly deals with the social and political injustices in her home country. It is hardly surprising that her art shocks visitors, even more so, because the viewer is faced by the reality of death in a disturbingly unmediated fashion.